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Norris Dam, the first to be completed by the TVA

An American System Mindset for 2021

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 1, 2021—The transition to a new year is a traditional time for in-depth reflection on the state of our nation and ourselves, and this year, it is more urgent than ever. A huge portion of our citizenry, faced with the horrors of the pandemic, unemployment, opioid […]

by January 1, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Infrastructure
Don’t Ignore This Christmas Gift!

Don’t Ignore This Christmas Gift!

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 24, 2020—There is one gift all Americans[1] have under their proverbial Christmas tree this holiday season.  It is a gift bequeathed to us over a period of centuries by those who dedicated their lives to building our nation according to the principles of serving the general […]

by December 23, 2020 0 comments Commentary
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, 1936. 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt accepting his party's nomination for a second Presidential term at the National Democratic Convention at Philadelphia in 1936.

America’s New “Rendezvous with Destiny”

By Angela Vullo December 17, 2020–As Christmas 2020 approaches, images of the same time period in 1932 come to mind: unemployment lines, swamped food banks, eviction notices, and more.  The images are only overshadowed by the staggering number of deaths and other effects of the current deadly pandemic.  While the […]

by December 17, 2020 1 comment Infrastructure Bank, News
Ludwig van Beethoven

Celebrate Beethoven, Composer of Freedom

In celebration of his 250th birthday By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 15, 2020—Two hundred and fifty years ago, on December 16, 1770, the world welcomed the birth of the man I call the “Composer of Freedom,” Ludwig van Beethoven. Let us celebrate Beethoven today for his historical and ongoing contributions to […]

by December 16, 2020 1 comment Commentary
Slave shackles in an exhibit of the National Museum of American History

Will Hamilton’s Accusers Recant?

A Follow-Up on the Charges that Alexander Hamilton Was an “Enslaver” By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 11, 2020—Thorough documentation has been published by Hamilton scholar Michael Newton and the pseudonymous Philo Hamilton, ripping apart the fallacies in the recent essay by Jessie Serfilippi labeling Alexander Hamilton an “enslaver.” The question is: […]

by December 12, 2020 1 comment News, Slavery
The C&O Canal, shown here in 1910, was one of Mercer's major accomplishments. It was inaugurated in 1828.

A Spotlight on Virginia Federalists

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 7, 2020–The newly released 2020-2021 edition of Bulletin of Loudoun County History contains a story that will come as a surprise to many: Loudoun County, Virginia was a stronghold of the Federalist Party up until the demise of that institution in 1817. Indeed, this fact even […]

by December 8, 2020 0 comments History, News
The Wall Street bull charges ahead, unlike the economy.

The Wall Street Hamilton Would Oppose

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 3, 2020–With the election all but over, Wall Street is finally back in the news. Hearings in the Congress this week brought sharp confrontations over the way the Trump administration’s rescue packages for the COVID-struck economy (like the Obama rescue packages before it) have fed the […]

by December 4, 2020 0 comments Alexander Hamilton, News
A modern apprentiship program.

A New Economic Direction Would Inspire Our Youth

By Angela Vullo November 29, 2020–In the 1950s and ‘60s when a young person in our country was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”,  the answer was likely to be an astronaut, a doctor, a teacher, or an engineer.  But, as time went on and […]

by November 29, 2020 0 comments Infrastructure Bank, News
George Washington's inauguration (national archives)

Giving Thanks for a Nation

By Nancy Spannaus November 26, 2020—Contrary to popular culture, Thanksgiving Day in the United States was never just about family. From the time of the Pilgrims, to George Washington, to Abraham Lincoln, it was about humbly expressing our gratitude for surviving as a nation (or a community), and committing ourselves […]

by November 26, 2020 1 comment Commentary, History
CWA workers building a library in Maryland.

The Emergency Jobs Program of 1933-34

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 21, 2020—When FDR’s relief expert Harry Hopkins told FDR about the looming emergency for tens of millions of Americans in the winter of 1933-34, FDR authorized action. If nothing were done, Hopkins had said, people would starve en masse. Immediate action was needed, because, as he […]

by November 21, 2020 0 comments Commentary, History